An energetic teller of mostly-true tales, Tom Wade’s stories engage and delight people of all ages. He has appeared several times as a Guest Teller at the Sierra Storytelling Festival and is also a three-time winner of the Sierra Storytelling Festival Story Slam. If you catch him offstage, beware! With no time limitations, you just might find yourself spellbound for hours.
So what is his advice for the Open Telling?
“The trick is to get it in the timeframe,” Wade said. “Don’t think it in your head. Say it. If it’s less than five minutes, that’s even better. Things always happen on stage – laughter, pauses – a three-and-a-half-minute presentation can easily be a five-minute presentation. And learn to talk really fast.”
As well as a storyteller, Tom is a farmer and homestead dairyman with a passion for cooperating with Nature, even when it arrives as a bobcat in the chicken coop. Growing up on a small farm in Michigan as the oldest son in a family of ten children. he honed his storytelling skills at the family dinner table.
Asked if telling ever makes him nervous, Tom said, “I am excited. I feel more at home in front of people, the bigger the group, the more comfortable I am.”
Tom has travelled in some of the wilder parts of Africa and Central America, as well as the US, and has the stories to prove it. He now makes his home in Nevada County, California with his wife, 3 dogs, 2 donkeys, and a herd of goats.